Town investment pledge as staff start leaving Ford

Another 300 will go at the end of July when the last Sigma engine is made, leaving 800 on site until the plant closes in September. Ford set to close Bridgend engine plant in 2020 ‘Taskforce didn’t meet for eight months’ Bridgend and the M4: How the motorway shaped the town “The Ford site remains operational until September, and it is only then when we will begin to see the real impacts of the closure on the ground,” said Economy Minister Ken Skates. “Investment in the area will provide opportunities for future generations, and people entering the workforce, to replace the opportunities previously offered by Ford.” He described Ineos Automotive as a “magnet company” after it announced it would create …

Independence supporters march through Glasgow

What will happen in Scottish politics in 2020? It is the first of eight marches that the grassroots AUOB group plans to hold across Scotland over the coming year as activists aim to increase the pressure for independence. Skip Twitter post by @AUOBALBA We're delighted that despite the weather and the effects on travel that approx 80,000 Independence supporters Marched for Independence #AUOB today at Glasgow. Well done people 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿We're having #indyref2020!#OurRightToDecide 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 — All Under One Banner 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@AUOBALBA) January 11, 2020 Scottish voters backed remaining in the UK by 55% to 45% in a referendum in 2014 – but Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader and Scotland’s first minister, says she wants to hold another vote on independence later …

Drowned village monument and apple kiosk listed

Tryweryn reservoir Capel Celyn memorial listed status plan ‘Reservoir of anger fuelled nationalism’ Big Apple kiosk in Mumbles granted listed building status Image copyright LDRS Image caption The Mumbles apple is the last surviving example of a string of kiosks built in the 1930s to promote a brand of cider The other two buildings listed are Pearl Assurance House, Pontypool and Theatr Clwyd in Mold. “We are proud of our rich heritage and we value our unique historic buildings and monuments,” said deputy culture minister Lord Elis-Thomas. “Our heritage is at the heart of our identity as a nation and contributes to our economic vitality and cultural wellbeing.” He added each site listed in the past year has its “own …